Two senior Chitungwiza General Hospital officials appeared at the Chitungwiza Magistrates’ Court charged with fraud and criminal abuse of office after allegedly swindling a prospective trainee of $1 000.
BY ALOIS VINGA
Trust Mpelo (35), who is employed as acting chief medical laboratory scientist, and Appronia Nehohwa (44) pleaded not guilty when they appeared before magistrate Takundwa Mutetwa on allegations of duping 28-year-old Chipo Muvimwa.
The pair had promised Muvimwa a laboratory medical scientist training post. The matter was remanded to March 22.
Prosecutor Takundwa Koropi told the court that sometime in July last year, Muvimwa saw an advertisement in a local newspaper indicating Chitungwiza Central Hospital was recruiting laboratory medical scientists.
It is alleged Muvimwa approached Annete Chipiti, who is employed at the hospital, and gave her $1 000.
Chipiti is said to have passed the money to Nehohwa and Mpelo after assuring Muvimwa she would be enrolled to train under a government-sponsored programme and would receive a call inviting her to attend interviews.
In October last year, the court heard, Muvimwa received a call advising her to attend interviews at the hospital and in February this year received another call inviting her to collect her acceptance letter.
The State alleges, Muvimwa was shocked when she was informed she had not qualified to be on the government-supported trainees list, since the government was broke.
She, however, was informed she had been accepted as a private trainee and that did not go down well with her, prompting her to file a police report.